On Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) posted the Democrats’ weekly address featuring Representative Betty McCollum of Minnesota. In the address, McCollum hits on a number of topics, including the Democrats’ latest catch phrase “A Better Deal.”
McCollum states that “The American people expect Congress and the White House to do the people’s business.” She is absolutely correct in this statement which is why the American people fully expected the Republican-controlled Senate to repeal Obamacare, which is what a majority of Americans want. They failed thanks to progressive Republicans like John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
Wages are stagnant for American workers
“For too many people, wages are not growing fast enough to keep up with the cost of living,” says McCollum.
Under the Obama Administration, the country saw a meager 2 percent growth in the economy. That barely put the economy’s head above water and certainly didn’t help Americans.
In 2016, Lifezette reported on the gloom of American’s wages under the Obama Administration:
In 2014, the last year for which data are available, and after six full years of Obama’s stewardship, median household income was $53,657. That’s nearly $4,000 lower, in constant 2014 dollars, than it was in 2007, the last year before the recession hit. And it was nearly $1,650 below 2008, the year before Obama took office.
Education is unaffordable
McCollum also states that “too often workers can’t afford education and training they need to secure better paying jobs.”
Student loans actually hit a record high under the Obama Administration. Students are leaving college with “an average of $28,950 in student loans” which is the “highest student loan burden ever.” This despite the fact that Obama and Democrats claimed they wanted to make college more affordable.
Drug company gouging
“Drug companies are gouging us with skyrocketing prescription drug prices,” says McCollum.
Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to take care of that issue? According to Fortune, “drug prices continue to rise uncontrolled.” Congress may hold hearings to shame drug makers on occasion but they’ve done nothing to actually control the increase of prescription drug prices.
McCollum goes on to say “And, across the country, our economy is being held back by outdated infrastructure and a widening digital divide.”
Didn’t Democrats pass an almost $1 trillion “stimulus” plan that was supposed to help update the outdated infrastructure McCollum is talking about?
Of course, it didn’t quite work out that way as U.S. News reported in 2009 “Here and there, people will notice things,” says Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the libertarian Reason Foundation. He cites repaired potholes and new streetlights. “But I don’t think the country as a whole will say, ‘Wow, transportation is so much better,’ ” Poole says.”
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